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What a Girl Wants (2003)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 4 April 2003 (USA)
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An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.

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Dennie Gordon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Preston ... Libby Reynolds
Soleil McGhee Soleil McGhee ... Young Daphne
Colin Firth ... Henry Dashwood
Eileen Atkins ... Jocelyn Dashwood
Jonathan Pryce ... Alistair Payne
Peter Reeves Peter Reeves ... Sir John Dashwood
James Greene ... Percy
Amanda Bynes ... Daphne Reynolds
Steven Osborne Steven Osborne ... Staff Member
Mike Toller Mike Toller ... Libby's Band Member
Tom Penn Tom Penn ... Libby's Band Member
Tom Goodfellow Tom Goodfellow ... Libby's Band Member
James Bell James Bell ... Libby's Band Member
Mindy Lee Raskin Mindy Lee Raskin ... Bride
Stanley Townsend ... Bride's Father
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Storyline

Loosely based on The Reluctant Debutante (1958) starring Sandra Dee, this family-friendly comedy features popular Nickelodeon teen star Amanda Bynes in her first feature-starring performance after her debut in Big Fat Liar (2002). She plays teenager Daphne Reynolds, who lives in New York City with her musician mother, Libby Reynolds (Kelly Preston). After she turns seventeen, Daphne is undecided about her future, so she takes off by herself to London in search of her father. She immediately meets cute musician Ian Wallace (Oliver James) before sneaking in to her father's estate to surprise him. He turns out to be Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), a fabulously wealthy aristocrat who doesn't even know that she exists. He had met her mother in Morocco and the two were married in a tribal ceremony. Upon their return to England, she left him and went back to the U.S. without ever revealing that she was pregnant. The uptight Henry is already flustered by his campaign for election, advised ...

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Trying to fit in. Born to stand out.


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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

West Wycombe Park, the home of Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), was also the country home of Colin Firth's character in The Importance of Being Earnest (2002). See more »

Goofs

In front of the portrait of his ancestor, Henry tells Daphne that Field Marshal Bingley Dashwood lost an arm at the Battle of the Nile. Field Marshal is the highest rank in the British army, but the Battle of the Nile was a naval engagement. See more »

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Clarissa: I will, absolutely,
[hangs up phone]
Clarissa: not.
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Referenced in The Office: Beach Games (2007) See more »

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Long Time Coming
Written by Paul Barry, Mark Taylor, and Nick Carter
Produced by Mark Taylor and Brian Rowling
Performed by Oliver James
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It's ALL about Colin :)
4 April 2003 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

I have read several reviews of this film, and I have to say that men just aren't going to "get" this one. Our local paper's reviewer said he just didn't get the "stars in the eyes" of the women leaving the theater. His review didn't even MENTION Colin Firth. Well, I will! Colin is what is going to attract women to this film, and he does not disappoint. He is the best thing about the movie. Amanda Bynes is cute, and I enjoyed her too. The rest of the cast is quite good too...Anna Chancellor (Caroline Bingley, for those Pride and Prejudice fans...), and Eileen Atkins, particularly. I found the storyline about the daughter longing for her father and the father who just discovered her quite sweet and moving. Yes, the script was a bit sloppy and the humor often falls flat, but overall, Colin Firth's performance made it worth seeing for me. This is definitely a chick flick, though :)


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,434,964, 6 April 2003

Gross USA:

$36,105,433

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,732,139
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2.39 : 1
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